Just got back from the game and wanted to share some thoughts on the stadium and game experience.
Most importantly, the sight lines were great from my seats near the top of section 117. The temporary grandstands have good elevation and the pitch is pretty good too, so it is easy to see the whole field. I was a little worried being in the temporary seats, but they are at least as good sight-wise as the permanent ones.
The aluminum wasn't luxurious by any stretch, but it is exactly what you'd expect (and no worse than Ivor Wynne). If the Toronto Indycar race is missing some grandstands this year, we'll know where they went!
The "experience" was good from my perspective. Lots of food trucks and temporary concessions offering a variety of food and beverages, and the lineups were very reasonable. Prices seemed about the same as last year, and if anything there was more variety. There was a definite family-friendly vibe, and I will not hesitate to bring my grade three girl to a game this year.
Lots and lots of staff were around, both within the stadium area and around the parking lots and surrounding roads. The team definitely went out of their way to ensure there was adequate staff, and then some! There was a bit of a traffic backup going in; I bailed on it and found an unofficial lot (free!) to park in. Your mileage may vary.
There were more than enough portapotties for the attendance tonight. No real washrooms, so it is reminiscent of those outdoor concerts that happen every summer.
Areas that might be improved? Signage on and to the parking lots might be tweaked a bit. Getting from one side of the stadium to the other was impossible when teams were entering or leaving the field, but that is just something to be aware of and plan accordingly for. The stadium seemed quiet to me, not sure if that was because it was preseason, or if it is just a result of the wide-open end zones and track between the stands and the field. The checkerboard end zones looked weird for about five minutes, then it didn't matter anymore.
Overall, I am pretty impressed with what the 'Cats have accomplished for a home away from home this year. It should be an enjoyable season (especially if they win!)